Canadian Charities Working with Non-Charities in Canada Course

How can Canadian charities transfer funds or resources to non-charities or non-qualified donees to carry out charitable activities in Canada

Many Canadian registered charities work with groups in Canada that are not registered charities. This Canadian Charities Working with Non-Charities in Canada Course discusses when it is appropriate for a Canadian registered charity to provide to a non-charity in Canada certain resources (such as cash or equipment) and what systems need to be in place to make that happen.

Canadian charities are special in a number of ways. They have significant tax advantages over other entities – both by not paying income tax and also issuing very valuable official donation receipts. If someone could donate to a charity and then just put the money back in their pocket in effect no one would pay taxes in Canada and our country not have the funds to pay for any social programs and services.

Canadian charities can only carry out charitable activities in 3 ways

1) on gifts to other registered charities and qualified donees

2) on own activities using volunteers and/or employees

3) on own activities using intermediaries (non-qualified donees) (with a structured arrangement/direction and control)

This presentation is focused exclusively on the third way of operating. Canadian charities hiring other groups in Canada as “intermediaries” and transferring resources to them to carry out certain charitable programs.These groups could be individuals, non-profits or for-profits. Under these rules charities can work with almost any organization.

The direction and control rules are one way that the Federal government, the CRA and the courts ensure that funds in registered charities are only spent on charitable activities.

If you don’t follow the rules you can be audited by CRA and this can result in suspensions, penalties and revocation of charitable status.

Some of the issues discussed include:

  • Ideas for doing good in Canada that are outside of the charity system
  • Some basic legal considerations for charities
  • Why would a Canadian charity want to work with a non-charity?
  • An overview of the Income Tax Act (Canada) regulatory framework governing thousands of Canadian charities working with non-charities.
  • The distinction between qualified donees and non-qualified donees
  • A discussion of CRA’s “Guidance on Using an Intermediary to Carry out a Charity’s Activities within Canada”
  • Direction and control over resources
  • Avoiding being a “conduit”
  • Types of permissible relationships for Canadian charities working with non-charities
  • The necessary “measures of control” that a Canadian charity must have when working with non-charities.

This course Canadian Charities Working with Non-Charities in Canada Course will be of interest to staff at non-profits and charities responsible for compliance issues especially program and finance staff and professional fundraisers, professional advisors such as lawyers and accountants who advise charities on fundraising and program implementation involving non-charities, board members of Canadian charities that want to understand an important way for their charity to strategically enhance services they provide and philanthropists who want to understand the regulatory requirements of Canadian charities that work with non-charities.


Your Instructor


Mark Blumberg
Mark Blumberg

Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm Blumberg Segal LLP (Blumbergs) in Toronto and works almost exclusively advising non-profits and registered charities on their work in Canada and abroad.Mark has written numerous articles, is a frequent speaker on legal issues involving charity and not-for-profit law and is the editor of www.CanadianCharityLaw.ca and www.globalphilanthropy.ca™ – Canadian websites dedicated to news about the Canadian charitable sector as well as legal and ethical issues for Canadian charities operating in Canada or overseas.He also manages www.charitydata.ca and www.smartgiving.ca.

Mark is particularly interested in the regulation of non-profits and charities in Canada, philanthropy, transparency requirements for the voluntary sector, providing accessible information on regulatory issues, and the use of data to make more informed decisions on the charity sector.

Mark is quoted regularly in print media and appears frequently on radio and television on topics relating to philanthropy and the regulation of charities in Canada.Mark has also appeared on a number of occasions in front of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance on topics such as charity regulation, transparency, accountability and tax incentives for philanthropy. Mark has also made presentations to the Charities Directorate Annual All Staff Meeting as well the Annual Divisional Staff Meeting of the Determinations Section of Charities Directorate. Mark has presented to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) when the FATF conducted an evaluation of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism in Canada in 2015. Mark has testified at the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector and the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance.

Mark is on the Charities Directorate Technical Issues Working Group, which is a bi-annual meeting between the Charities Directorate, the Department of Finance and the charity sector to discuss technical and policy issues pertaining to registered charities and the Income Tax Act (Canada). Mark is a member of the Exempt Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association.Mark spent 6 years on the Advisory Committee for the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) at Carleton University.Mark is on the Board of the Canadian Charity Law Association.

Mark has co-authored 20 Questions Directors of Not-for-Profit Organizations Should Ask About Mergers (Published by CPA Canada) and co-wrote a chapter on International Trends in Government-Nonprofit Relations: Constancy, Change, and Contradictions in Nonprofits and Government: Collaboration and Conflict.

Mark lectures frequently to various industry and professional groups on charity compliance issues including the Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (CPA Canada), as well as CPA Ontario, BC and Alberta, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, Canadian Association of Gift Planners, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Community Foundations of Canada, Ontario Hospital Association, and Ontario Non-profit Network.

Mark has also presented to and for organizations such as the APRA Canada, CanadaHelps, Canadian Charity Law Association, Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network, Canadian Red Cross, Care Canada, Carleton University, Chapel and York, CharityVillage, Circle on Aboriginal Philanthropy, CIVICUS, Charity Law Information Program, various community foundations, the Estate Planning Council of Toronto, Federated Press, Canadian Institute, Humber College, Laidlaw Foundation, Law Society of Upper Canada, OCIC, Osgoode Hall Law School, PAGER, Volunteer MBC, Pillar Nonprofit Network, PWC Canada, RBC Foundation, Regional Diversity Roundtable of Peel, Ryerson University, The Schulich School of Business, Strategy Institute, United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto, United Way Canada, Universite de Montreal, University of Toronto, Vitalize, and World Vision Law Day.

Mark has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, an LLB from the University of British Columbia and a LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School in Tax Law.


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